These cardamom cookies (biscotti really) are helping take me back to roaming the streets of Rome and Florence. During our trip in Italy, we treated ourselves to cornetti with some of our cappuccinos. We loved the baked goodies offered at the cafes and bars (not to mention how inexpensive they were). We thought cornetti referred to all pastries, but on our last day we discovered that it was actually just the croissants. Luckily that’s what we ordered most of the time, but there were at least a couple of mistaken orders! We had some amazing cornetti filled with pudding, sprinkled with powdered sugar, and one whole wheat version filled with strawberry jelly. Sometimes I wasn’t sure if I wanted the coffee or the cornetti more!
cardamom spice cookies
Because we stayed in apartments during our trip, we visited the local markets to buy food for breakfast and the occasional dinner at home. Just like my dad taught me, I ogled at every bakery case and bread basket offering. I wanted to buy and try everything but what really caught my eye were the biscotti.
I almost always have lemon almond biscotti in our house to enjoy with my iced coffee (his espresso on the weekends), but I wanted to try the real thing and see how they compared! We bought one bag to bring home and taste. They are obviously super delicious and don’t taste too much different than my homemade version. Inspired by new flavors and craving a cardamom and nutella combination I discovered in a honey bread I made recently, I whipped up a batch of these hazelnut and cardamom cookies to enjoy with my coffee. They aren’t a cornetti in a cafe in Roma, but they’re pretty tasty just the same!
Where do you get cardamom?
Cardamom is an Indian spice but it’s available in most grocery stores or you can buy it online. You want to make sure you get ground cardamom and not the ‘pods’ they come in. The pods are like a protective shell round the cardamom seeds (which are then ground). Breaking open the cardamom pods requires a mortar and pestle along with quite a bit of patience!!
HAZELNUT + CARDAMOM BISCOTTI
- 2 Cups AP flour
- 3/4 Cup cornmeal
- 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 1/2 teaspoon cardamom
- 1 Cup sugar plus more for sprinkling on top
- 3 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 3/4 Cup coarsely chopped hazelnuts*
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, cornmeal, baking powder, salt, and cardamom. In the bowl of your stand mixer, combine sugar and eggs until thoroughly combined. Add in vanilla and then flour mixture. If dough doesn't come together easily, add up to one tablespoon water. Stir in hazelnuts. Let dough stand five minutes.
- With moist hands, divide the dough in half. Form into two equal mounds (about one-inch high). With wet hands, pat the top of the mounds. Sprinkle with sugar.
- Bake for thirty minutes until lightly browned. Cool for five minutes.
- Cut mounds into 3/4-inch diagonal slices. Arrange biscotti on their side on pan. Bake 20-25 minutes until cookies are golden brown.
- Let cool completely.
*Use a serrated knife to chop the hazelnuts to keep them from flying all over the place. Can be stored in ziploc bag in freezer for up to one month.
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